Eight children found dead in Cairns

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Eight children are found dead at a house in the Manoora suburb of Cairns, Australia, say police, reportedly after a mass stabbing.
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Asia stocks boast biggest rise in 15 months, BOJ brightens

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A man stands next to a stock quotation board displaying Japan's Nikkei average at the Tokyo Stock Exchange in TokyoBy Wayne Cole SYDNEY (Reuters) – Asian shares enjoyed their best day in 15 months on Friday, after Wall Street boasted its biggest two-day advance since late 2011 amid relief the Federal Reserve was in no rush to withdraw stimulus from the U.S. economy. The gains came even as oil stayed under pressure, suggesting equity investors were beginning to see the positives in lower fuel costs and increased consumer spending power. Japan's Nikkei climbed 2.0 percent to erase most of it's recent losses, while Australia's main index romped ahead by 2.1 percent . …



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As U.S. eases hostilities, Cuba faces new challenge

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Members of the Cuban Revolutionary Army hold Cuban national flags during a march "For the Five and Against the Terrorism" in HavanaBy Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) – For decades, it was Cuba's first response to criticism. Poor economic performance? An obvious effect of a U.S. trade embargo that amounted to a blockade of the island nation by a bullying superpower. Arrests of dissidents? A legitimate act of self-defense against mercenaries working for the world's richest nation, which backed the failed Bay of Pigs invasion and plots to assassinate revolutionary leader Fidel Castro. …



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2014 Year in Review: Search

Posted on the December 19th, 2014 under Internet Marketing by

Google 2014 top searchesSearch is more than just an online tool to help you find things faster. Search is a time capsule. Gathered one keystroke at a time, with millions of people submitting billions of queries; search results tell us what was important to a large portion of our population at any given moment in time. The trend lists, Google, Yahoo and Bing produce at the end of the year, are mini-history lessons for future generations.

When I see these year-end trend lists, I wonder how many of these topics – topics that were so important to us in 2014 – will resonate with others twenty years from now. . . fifty years from now. How about in 3014? (I wonder what search will look like then?)

This graphic is the top 5 most searched terms in the US in 2014. Pretty serious stuff until you get to number 5. Flappy Bird? That’s embarrassing. At least the World Cup was a reason to celebrate.

Google says we can tell a lot about ourselves and our culture from the trending search terms. It’s true but it’s not always nice.

In 2014, searches for the word “selfies” increased 8x over the previous year.

The Ice Bucket Challenge led to more than 90 million searches and that’s good news for those who suffer from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Pharrell hatCrowdfunding as a search term rose 21x proving how much we all love supporting new ideas. We also love Pharrell’s hat. Searches for places to buy the signature chapeau rose sharply in 2014.

Other top searches on Google 2014 include:

People: Jennifer Lawrence, Jared Leto and Ray Rice

Entertainment: Frozen, Game of Thrones and Destiny (video game)

We searched for way to tie a scarf, what to wear to a wedding and the Steve Austin podcast.

For Bing’s take, check out their interactive 2014 Search Trend page which includes sections on Law & Disorder, News that Impacted Us and People We Lost.

Bing also has my favorite search trend list called Strange but True.

Bing Strange

There’s no doubt that number 7: “Man raises $ 55k to make potato salad” helped inflate the search results for the word “crowdsourcing” and maybe even “potato salad”.

It’s important for marketers to keep up with what’s trending in search and on social media. Jumping in on a topic at the right time can lead to online success. Just be sure to err on the side of good taste or your campaign might go viral for all the wrong reasons.

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Putin says Russia economy will be cured, offers no remedy

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Russian President Putin attends his annual end-of-year news conference in MoscowBy Timothy Heritage and Alexei Anishchuk MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin assured Russians on Thursday that the economy would rebound after the ruble's dramatic slide this year but offered no remedy for a deepening financial crisis. Defiant and confident at a three-hour news conference, Putin blamed the economic problems on external factors and said the crisis over Ukraine was caused by the West, which he accused of building a "virtual" Berlin Wall to contain Russia. …



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Asian stocks extend bounce on Wall Street, Fed cheer

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A man stands next to a stock quotation board displaying Japan's Nikkei average at the Tokyo Stock Exchange in TokyoBy Wayne Cole SYDNEY (Reuters) – Japanese stocks led Asian markets higher on Friday, after Wall Street boasted its biggest two-day advance since late 2011 amid relief the Federal Reserve was in no rush to start hiking interest rates. The gains came even as oil stayed under pressure, suggesting equity investors were beginning to see the positives in lower fuel costs and increased consumer spending power. Brent had ended Thursday $ 1.37 lighter at $ 59.81 a barrel, while U.S. crude was hovering around $ 54.88 after losing more than $ 2. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei climbed 1. …



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Once Written Off, Kepler Telescope Finds New Planet

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The Kepler space telescope, which cost some $ 600 million, was feared to be at the end of its useful life in 2013. But NASA says it just found another exoplanet.

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